Pipe Organ Pale Ale - Church Brew Works

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Pipe Organ Pale AlePipe Organ Pale Ale

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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Church Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2001)
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3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.93/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice dark amber with an inch of head

S - A bit hoppy with a bit of pale malt. Smells pretty good.

T - Not bad. It's a pretty smooth English pale ale and I know since it has sort of a medicinal taste to it in the back but the hops (which are pine in taste) and malt (sort of candy like) play well to make it tolerable. Very nice.

M - Very light yet bitter.

D - Well I couldn't enjoy more than one but it really was pretty nice. I loved how hoppy it was even though it was an English pale ale which are usually more malt based. Nice ale.

Photo of Dogbrick
2.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sample at the brewpub. Light gold/amber color with a weak ivory head and very little lacing. Aroma of earthy malt and hops. Fairly light body, with a bland floral hops flavor and not much else. The finish is lightly bitter hops with a touch of citrus in the aftertaste. This brew doesn’t really have much going for it.

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2.45/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean orange-ish/ yellow color with an off white head. Aromas of a semi sweet malt and just a hint of fruit. In the taste, clean, yet not much taste at all. A small bitter mouthfeel and a small hoppy aftertaste. A bit watery and kind of homebrewish, but ok. Seems a bit lighter than I remember.

Photo of RBorsato
2.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden peach-ish color with a decent off-white head. Decent carbonation when fresh but a bit overcarbonated if you wait any time to drink the bottles. Primarily a malt-based English Style Pale Ale in both aroma and flavor with little noticeable hop character. Unfortunately, oxidation sets in quickly on these bottlings. Light-medium bodied and a bit airy when older.

Quite possibly one of the most boring Pale Ales I've tried... I had multiple bottles and they went bad quickly in a short period of time.

Per CBW website: OG 13o Plato. IBU's 30. Color 6oL Pale Amber/Copper. Alcohol 3.3% w/w. Approx. Calories per 16 oz. Pint 230. Approx. Alcohol Content 4.3% by volume.

Grain Pale, Aromatic, Cara Pils, Other Caramel Malts
Hops Perle, East Kent Goldings

Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

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2.08/5  rDev -34.8%

Photo of tommy5
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of hopdog
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle acquired in trade with CMUBEERMAN (thanks!).

Opened to a loud PSST and proceeded to pour almost all head. Settled into a medium and see through orange color. Softer aromas of caramel, citrus, and floral. Tastes start of with caramel giving way to citrus. Slightly lively body (I would have expected it to be over carbonated with the way it opened and poured, but it wasn't).

Notes from: 11/24/06

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3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of millerbuffoon
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of tgbljb
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium amber color with moderate white puffy head.
Smell is light with slight hops notes. Some sweetnes also detected.
Taste is also mild with a light malt sweetness and a slight hoppiness.
Finishes light and refreshing.
As middle-of-the-road as you can get. Might make a nice crossover beer for your macro-drinking friends.

Photo of prototypic
2.53/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pipe Organ Pale Ale pours a lighter gold color. Looks like a brighter yellow color when held to light. It’s crystal clear, save for all the bubbles rising to the surface. A soft, white collection of bubbles rises just above the surface and falls back just as quickly. Very short retention. Lacing was also extremely light. Barely worth mentioning.

The nose is not very good. It’s weak and really needs more strength. There’s a slight bit of caramel malt there. Smells a little sweet. It honestly smells earthy and grainy more than anything. That’s a bit odd. There might be a bit of grassy, earthy hops, but it’s tough to tell. Not much else going on. Alcohol is masked pretty well and goes unnoticed for what it’s worth.

The flavor is not any better. It kicks off with an earthy, grainy flavor that’s quite prominent throughout. Not a fan of that at all. There is a bit of light, caramel malt flavor, but it seems far too light for an American Pale. It’s a little sweet, but not all that much. Hops are subtle, but are noted. They taste mostly grassy and earthy. They’re definitely bitter though. I don’t think there’s enough malt there to provide much balance.

The body is definitely on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is active, but doesn’t seem buzzy. Nevertheless, it feels too thin and isn’t smooth. Needs more malt in a bad way. If it tasted better, it’d be really easy drinking. It needs more in that department though.

Pipe Organ Pale Ale is quite disappointing. Its biggest problem is easy to identify – it needs more of everything. More aromatics, more malt, more hops, more body, you name it. There’s nothing overtly repulsive about it, it’s just not good beer. There are many, many American Pales that put this one to shame. I’d take a pass on this one. Much better out there if you’re in the market for the style.

Photo of Deuane
3.28/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Bright copper with a thin off-white head that quickly fades to nothing.

S-Some sweet malt and earthiness, light on all accounts.

T-Sweet cornlike flavours with a bit of spicy hops...a bit. After a bit of warming the last few sips did produce a bit more of the sharp bitterness I wish it had clear through. Mostly bready malty for the most part.

M-Medium-light body with decent carbonation...nothing exciting.

D-This is ok...certainly drinkable but nothing stellar. I was hoping for a more solid English style PA...not here!

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3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.88/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark amber with thin white head. good head retention

S- good. malt and mild hops

T- sweet carmel malt. light hop afterbite. good balance.

M- Very Smooth. Light carbonation and light weight.

D- this is a highly drinkable brew. I reccomend it. Doesn't have a APA character...more of a amber/red character.

Photo of flexabull
3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright gold color with a decent white head.

Aromas are faint, fruit punch like, and a bit sweet.

Taste is dry, bread like, a bit sour, and with an aspirin like hops bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is above average. Carbonation is good, and the over all mouthfeel seems about right.

Drinkability is pretty good. This is a decent, but pretty blah pale ale. It's easy to drink though.

Bottle courtesy of eclectic. Thanks again.

Photo of BMMillsy
2.79/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Draft at the brewery on a Pittsburgh visit. Pours clear golden colored with a very small soft white head. Aroma is light fruits, some light grassiness, and not much else. Flavor follows with lightly sweet citrus, sweet light malts, hay, nearly no hop presence whatsoever. Light bodied with medium low carbonation. Meh.

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2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Church Brew Works- Pipe Organ Pale Ale

Appearance- Golden orange brown with a small fizzy head.
Smell- Sweet toffee malt slight touch of clove and alcohol.
Taste- I detect clove and alcohol blended into a heavy caramel toffee malt.
Mouthfeel- Sweet throughout. Quite lifeless. Very sweet cloying aftertaste.

Overall- Bland. Not worth another try.

Photo of Tyrawlings
3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.08/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A pretty red hue that is lighter than ruby-colored but close to it. A small off-white head that sticks around for a little bit without leaving behind any lacing.

The aroma combines a lightly toasted malt sweetness with orange peel.

The flavor is fairly unimpressive; I know this is an english pale ale and not supposed to be a huge beer, but this one is a little weak. Low alcohol doesn't have to mean low flavor. The lightly toasted malt is there, and a hint of orange flavored hops.

The mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation.

Not a bad beer by any means, but not something I am crazy about either.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.35/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass a pale golden, almost copper color with barely half an inch of eggshell colored head. Nothing too remarkable about the aroma other than mild sweet malts and the slightest grassy hoppy smell. The taste is of bready grains and mild, grassy hops. Earthy and mildly floral. Thin mouthfeel with mild to medium carbonation. This could be a nice session beer, but I can think of a few better offerings. I'd like to try this on cask though.

Pipe Organ Pale Ale from Church Brew Works
74 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.